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Ways Job Searching Will Be Different in 2021 (and How You Can Adapt)

By Robert Francos

This last year was…extremely unordinary. The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the way we work and what our job searches look like. And while we’re starting to see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel, there are still a lot of variables that could affect the economy. So it looks like we’ll probably be feeling the ripple effects of 2020 for a while.

If you’re one of the many people who’s currently looking for a new job or planning to start a job search soon, here’s what you need to know about finding a job in 2021.

Historical Hiring Trends Probably Won’t Apply

In years past, we’ve typically seen hiring surges at the start of a new year and again in the fall, while the summer and holiday seasons have tended to be slower. But this may not be the case in 2021.

“We probably won’t be able to depend on past hiring patterns across the board,” says Charlette Beasley, Workplace Analyst at Fit Small Business. “Some industries that haven’t been affected as much by the pandemic may still experience similar hiring trends as they have in previous years, but we should anticipate a downward trend at the start of the year for industries that struggled to adapt to [COVID-related] restrictions.”

On the bright side, Beasley expects hiring to pick up again in the second or third quarter of the year on the heels of a widely available vaccine and lifted restrictions on travel, dining, and socializing.

How to Adapt:

·         Keep an eye on trends. In a slower hiring market, the more you know about who is (and isn’t) hiring, the better. To stay on top of what’s happening, check out news and industry sites that monitor business and hiring trends (sign up for their newsletters if they have them), follow companies you’re interested in on LinkedIn, and pay attention to the types of job postings you’re seeing on job boards (and the types of companies posting them). If you aren’t sure where to start, reach out to people in your network who also work in the space you’re targeting to ask them how they stay on top of industry trends.

·         Adjust your job search accordingly. “You may need to consider applying for positions you wouldn’t have considered in the past,” Beasley says. This could mean branching out into a new industry, taking on some freelance work, finding creative ways to update your skill set, or trying out different job search strategies.

·         Stay in touch with your network. “Job seekers sometimes think that when hiring slows down, they can too. But that’s actually the perfect time to reach out to your network to tell them how grateful you are for their advice, provide a seasonal update, or let them know where you are in your job search,” says Neepa Parikh, Career Services Manager at Springboard. “It’s important to keep your contacts warm so that you can hopefully leverage their support when hiring picks up again.”

Key Industries Will Be Booming

“Hiring trends are likely going to vary depending on industry and company size,” Parikh says. “Bigger companies that have enough cash flow and booming industries like tech and healthcare may see hiring surges at the beginning of the year, while smaller businesses or those in impacted industries like service and hospitality may hold off hiring until summer.”

That means that 2021 may be the year to step out of your industry comfort zone or take the leap into a career pivot  – especially if you want to increase your chances of landing a job more quickly or if you were already considering a career change.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working in-person by appointment, and remotely through email, phone, and Zoom. Should you have any questions about identifying your skills, resumes, job searching, job interviews, or job searching online, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

You can view the full original article by Jaclyn Westlake, of The Muse, at: https://www.themuse.com/advice/job-search-trends-tips-2021